Israel Palestine Conflict

South Africa calls in Israeli ambassador to discuss conduct over Gaza war

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
2 min read

South Africa has called in Israel’s ambassador to discuss what it described as his recent “unfortunate conduct” linked to the war in Gaza, the foreign ministry in Pretoria said on Friday.

The ministry said Eliav Belotsercovsky received the order on Thursday, but it did not go into details on his conduct.

“Ambassador Belotsercovsky is called upon to conduct himself in line with the Vienna Conventions, which accord heads of diplomatic missions certain privileges and responsibilities, key amongst which is to recognize the sovereign decisions of the host nation,” the South African statement said.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

“Ambassador Belotsercovsky was once again called upon to convey South African Government concerns to Tel Aviv,” it added.

Israel’s embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

South Africa decided to recall its diplomats from Israel this week to assess its relationship with the country as civilian casualties rise in Israel’s war with the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza

South Africa has long been an advocate for peace in the Middle East and has rallied behind Palestinians, likening their plight to South Africa’s before the end of apartheid in 1994. Israel rejects the comparison.

The statement on Friday reiterated calls for a ceasefire and said that South Africa wants the International Criminal Court to investigate the leadership of Israel for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

It also condemned the October 7 attacks on civilians by Hamas and said these actions should be investigated for war crimes.

Read more:

Palestinian Red Crescent: Israeli snipers shooting at Gaza’s Al-Quds Hospital

Britain opposes long-term Israeli occupation of Gaza: Foreign minister

Qatar’s emir meets Egypt’s al-Sisi in Cairo for talks on ending Gaza violence

Top Content Trending